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Hakata or Santouka for my only ramen meal?

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There has been some discussion recently comparing the virtues of Hakata and Santouka. I have one chance to get some ramen, tomorrow, before I return to Viginia. Fig Newton and Das Ubergeek make a passionate case for Santouka, but Logan's admiration of Hakata is hard to deny. Can we pursue this topic further before about four o'clock tomorrow, when I must make my decision?

Thanks all, btw Addi's Tandoor and Komatsu Tempura were good to me, as recommended here, and I will post in more detail on that when I get home.

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  1. I've been to both and they are both good. You can't go wrong with either.

    My vote would be for the Santouka and get the shio ramen.

    The pork is wonderful.

    1. Six of one, as they say. They're both very good, with my overall preference going to Shin Sen Gumi (Hakata, as you call it) because I can customize my bowl to my preference.

      If you're a chashu fan (i.e. the braised pork slices), then go for plate of Santouka's special pork.

      I say drive like hell and hit both before your flight.

      1. I like both as well, with a slight lean towards Santoka because it's cheaper (though not by much) and no tip.

        Here are my reviews of both:

        SANTOKA:
        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2005/...

        HAKATA:
        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2005/...

        1. I vote for Santouka, as SSG wears on my nerves after a while...

          HAI IRAAAAASSSHHAAAIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!

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          1. re: Joe Blowe

            It's amusing the first ten times or so, and then you're like "please stop it pleasestopit STOPSTOPSTOPSTOP AAAAAAAAAGH".

          2. I love Hakata. I've been to Santouka too. Both are good but, I like being able to customize my own bowl at Hakata.